COBI COH3 MARDER III SD KFZ 139
The COBI COH3 MARDER III SD KFZ 139 is part of COBI’s Company of Heroes 3, 1/35 scale lineup of Lego compatible brick tanks, vehicles and buildings. The COBI COH3 MARDER III, (a lot of 3s there), features 326 brick parts and replicates one of three MARDER III variants used by the Germans during WWII. Read below for a more detailed history.
The COBI MARDER III SD KFZ 139 will make a great display piece!
The COBI MARDER III KFZ 139 (3050) is in 1/35 scale which is consistent with the other COH3 sets from COBI. We also have a non COH3 licensed MARDER III M model here which is also in 1/35th scale.
How Big Is The COBI MARDER III?
The COBI 3050 set is 18 cm wide by 10 cm tall. We will post up the final official dimensions once we receive the product images.
MARDER III KFZ 139 History:
Marder III was the name for a series of World War II German tank destroyers. They mounted either the modified ex-Soviet 76.2 mm F-22 Model 1936 divisional field gun, or the German 7.5 cm PaK 40, in an open-topped fighting compartment on top of the chassis of the Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t). They offered little protection to the crew, but added significant firepower compared to contemporary German tanks. They were in production from 1942 to 1944, and served on all fronts until the end of the war, along with the similar Marder II. The German word Marder means “marten” in English.
There were three variants of the German MARDER III with the Sd.Kfz. 139 being the first variant.
While the Panzer 38(t) had largely become obsolete as a tank in early 1942, it was still an excellent and plentiful platform for adaptation into a tank destroyer, among other roles. Since the Soviet 76.2 mm field gun was captured in large quantities, the decision was made to mate this gun to the Panzer 38(t).
To do so, the mass production of the Panzer 38(t) Ausf. G was halted, and a modified superstructure was bolted onto the standard tank chassis in lieu of a gun turret. This upper structure mounted the gun and an extended gun shield, giving only limited protection for the commander, gunner, and the loader. Armor protection overall ranged from 10 to 50 mm, with no armor at all above and behind the gun compartment, which the crew occupied. It had a higher silhouette than the original Panzer 38(t), which made it more vulnerable to enemy fire.
In German service, the Soviet gun was re-designated 7.62 cm PaK 36(r), and re-chambered for the more powerful German PaK 40 cartridge. Thirty rounds of ammunition were stored inside the vehicle. Apart from the main gun, there was a 7.92 mm machine gun mounted in the hull.
This tank destroyer was put into production as the Panzerjäger 38(t) für 7.62 cm PaK 36(r), Sd.Kfz. 139. A total of 344 vehicles were built in three series from April to November 1942.
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